The Cultural Herb Garden at Moberly began as a conversation with community member Dr. Aimee Taylor in the spring of 2009. Aimee is a horticultural therapist and soil scientist- you can find out more about her and what a horitcultual therapist is a this link. http://www.horticulturaltherapist.com/
In addtion, the Sunset Vision meeting in 2002 informed the City of Vancouver that the community wanted gardening programs to be provided at their local centres. This had not yet been implemented. We believed by creating this Cultural Herb Garden, we could begin to address not only the demand for gardening but also provide educational and arts programming to enhance and increase neighbourhood interest. As well, we see this project as a way to learn more about each other and extend our roots deeper by providing ongoing community engagement that encourages the nurturing of this unique ecosystem.
This collaborative project will have community members of all ages participate including seniors from our culinary program, local elementary school groups, neighboring families and youth from high schools. We aim to create opportunities for cultural divides to be bridged, new social connections to be made and stereotypes to be broken through a connection with nature and stewardship.
Step 1) In order to have the land use granted us, we needed to provide the city with an operational assessment. This involved having a Moberly program committe member (who is a landscape designer) draw up plans for submission, have the superintendent of parks in this area provide a program anaysis and 'site' the garden as well as board approval from the Sunset Board Association.
Step 2) Once the board approved the project; both financially and in principle, we gained approval for the operational assesment and hired park board gardeners to prepare the garden for planting.
Step 3) The garden is 10 m x 10 m in scale, situated in Moberly Park adjacent to the cultural centre and is framed by logs from the beach.